Mycotoxins 101, part 1: What are they, and how do we test for them?

The discovery of the mycotoxin aflatoxin in the 1960s led to a boom in scientific and regulatory interest in mycotoxins. When it was found that aflatoxins can be carcinogenic in animals, an urgent need was sparked to facilitate a greater regulation of mycotoxins in food commodities.

But what are mycotoxins?

“Mycotoxins are the toxins produced […]

Experts: Unique conditions have produced ‘perfect storm’ of mycotoxin concerns

The combination of a bumper fall crop and challenging winter weather conditions created a “perfect storm” for the production of mycotoxins this year, including some seldom seen in the U.S. and Canada. To discuss these issues Neogen recently hosted, “What’s Under the Tarp?,” a webinar where industry experts provided additional information and guidance.

Below are […]

Neogen launches revolutionary new mycotoxin tests

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) has announced the launch of a revolutionary complete new line of quick and easy tests for detection of the six significant mycotoxins in a format that uses only a water-based common extraction.

The Reveal® Q+ MAX format offers significant cost and time savings as it eliminates the need to use hazardous […]

Learn all about ochratoxin with this infographic

As Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Reports continue, we wanted to take some time and explain what exactly mycotoxins are, what commodities they typically infect, and how various kinds differ from one another. Stay tuned for a new mycotoxin infographic each week!

Report: Rising global temps linked to greater occurrence of mycotoxins

The overall rising temperature our planet is facing is a well-known challenge for food production. Rising temperatures are set to severely damage crop yields, lessen the nutritional value of important crops, and make large portions of the planet inhospitable to crop production.

Furthermore, data is suggesting that developed countries have a more difficult time maintaining […]

Neogen launches water-based line of mycotoxin tests

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) has developed an improved, quick and easy new line of mycotoxin tests that uses water as the solvent in the extraction process. The new mycotoxin tests will all use a common water-based extraction — and will enable testers to test for up to six mycotoxins from the same prepared sample.

Reveal® […]

Neogen launches first high-volume, water-based aflatoxin test

Neogen has developed the first quantitative microwell test for total aflatoxin that uses only a water-based solution for extraction, which completely eliminates the need for methanol and ethanol in the extraction process.

Neogen’s new Veratox® for Total Aflatoxin can deliver precise results ranging from 5 to 300 parts per billion (ppb) of aflatoxin after only […]

Report: U.S. winter wheat worst quality in 17 years

The quality of some of the first wheat harvested by U.S. farmers in 2015 is the worst in at least 17 years, according to one measure and following heavy rainfall across parts of the Midwest.

A report released last week by U.S. Wheat Associates tracked the “falling number,” a gauge of sprout damage in crops […]

Wet weather in U.S. increases grain prices, mycotoxin risk

Large areas of the United States’ crop-growing regions have received more than six times their annual rainfall in the past two weeks. This is sending grain and soybean prices skyward as field work stalls and concerns about the crops continue to grow. In addition, the worst may not be over just yet, as reports from […]

Study shows mold-related toxin in some oat cereals; pet food

Mycotoxins are making headlines once again, as high concentrations of the mold toxins have been found in certain types of pet and human foods.

A lawsuit filed earlier this month is alleging that thousand of dogs may have been poisoned by pet food containing mycotoxins, which can grow on grains and can cause poisoning when […]